Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Explore the library of the president who concealed his polio-caused infirmities from the public.

Hauck Center for the Albert B. Sabin Archives, University of Cincinnati
Access a biography and video clip of the developer of the oral polio vaccine, and see the scope of his extensive archives.

The March of Dimes Foundation: History
Learn more about this health charity’s successes in the past, and its efforts today.

Post-Polio Health International
This portal provides information about living independently with polio. Read articles and learn about education, advocacy, research, and more.

Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute
The Georgia institution founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt still runs a comprehensive rehabilitation center. Find out more about its history and programs.

Rotary International: End Polio
This polio history presentation begins in ancient Egypt and ends with the organization’s efforts to achieve a polio-free world.

Wytheville Museums
Learn more about the Virginia town featured in the documentary, The Polio Crusade.


Allen, Arthur. Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2007.

Beisser, Arnold R. Flying Without Wings: Personal Reflections on Being Disabled. Doubleday, 1989.

Black, Kathryn. In the Shadow of Polio: A Personal and Social History. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Pub., 1996.

Bookchin, Debbie, and Jim Schumacher. The Virus and the Vaccine. The True Story of a Cancer-Causing Monkey Virus, Contaminated Polio Vaccine, and the Millions of Americans Exposed. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2004.

Carter, Richard. Breakthrough; the Saga of Jonas Salk New York: Trident Press, 1966.

Cohen, John, Shots in the Dark. 2001.

Eron, Carol. The Virus that Ate Cannibals: Six Great Medical Detective Stories. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1981.

Finger, Anne. Elegy for a Disease: A Personal and Cultural History of Polio. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2006.

Gallagher, Hugh Gregory. FDR’s Splendid Deception: the Moving Story of Roosevelt’s Massive Disability and the Intense Efforts to Conceal It from the Public. Rev. edition. Arlington, VA: Vandamere Press, 1994.

Gould, Tony. A Summer Plague: Polio and Its Survivors. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.

Harrar, George. The Wonder Kid. Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

Hostetter, Joyce Moyer. Blue. Honesdale, PA: Calkins Creek Books, 2006.

Kehret, Peg. Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio. 2nd edition. Albert Whitman & Co., 2006.

Kluger, Jeffrey. Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio. Penguin, 2005.

Kriegel, Leonard. Falling into Life: Essays. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1991.

Mann, Alfred K. For Better or For Worse: the Marriage of Science and Government in the United States. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000.

Offit, Paul. The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

Offit, Paul. Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases. New York: Smithsonian Books/Collins, 2007.

Oshinsky, David. Polio: An American Story. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Paul, John R. A History of Poliomyelitis. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1971.

Plotkin, Stanley A., and Walter A. Orenstein, editors. Vaccines. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2004.

Rogers, Naomi. Dirt and Disease: Polio Before FDR. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1992.

Sass, Edmund J., editor. Polio’s Legacy: An Oral History. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1996.

Serotte, Brenda. The Fortune Teller’s Kiss. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2006.

Seytre, Bernard. The Death of a Disease: a History of the Eradication of Poliomyelitis. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2005.

Shell, Marc. Polio and Its Aftermath: The Paralysis of Culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.

Shreve, Susan Richards. Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR’s Polio Haven. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.

Smith, Jane S. Patenting the Sun: Polio and the Salk Vaccine. New York: W. Morrow, 1990.

Troan, John. Passport to Adventure, or, How a Typewriter from Santa Led to an Exciting Lifetime Journey: A Memoir. Neworks Press, 2000.

Wilson, Daniel J. Living With Polio: the Epidemic and its Survivors. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Wilson, John Rowan. Margin of Safety: A Doctor Tells the Controversial Inside Story of the Development of the Polio Vaccine. London: Collins, 1963.


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